Titans Clinch Best Big West Start Ever, 78-60
Jan. 9, 2010
FULLERTON, CA - Cal State Fullerton sophomore Megan Richardson scored a game-high 20 points and the Titans improved to 4-0 in Big West Conference play for the first time in school history as they held off visiting UC Riverside, 78-60, on Saturday evening at Titan Gym.
The Titans (8-8 overall) won their fourth consecutive game, snapping a four-game losing streak to the Highlanders and posting their longest winning streak since winning five in a row from Jan. 19-Feb. 2 in 2008. UCR fell to 3-12 overall and 0-2 in Big West play.
Richardson added four rebounds and three assists while hitting 8-of-8 from the line, reaching the 20-point plateau for the third time in the last four contests. Senior Jasmine Scott hit on 7-of-12 from the field to finish with 19 points while juniors Britt Peters and Lyndsey Grove each finished with 11 points.
Freshman Mya Olivier tied a career-high with a game-high eight rebounds to go with her seven points.
Alyssa Morris scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead the Highlanders and was joined in double figures by Marissa Rivera, who finished with 16 points on the night.
Fullerton led virtually wire-to-wire, save for a 2-0 deficit when Morris scored the first bucket of the game and Olivier responded inside to tie the score. The Titans led by as many as 11 points with just under two minutes to play in the first half before carrying a 36-29 lead into the locker room at the break.
UC Riverside whittled that lead down to six points on numerous occasions in the second half, but could come no closer. Fullerton closed out the game on a 12-0 run, getting baskets from four different players during that spurt for the final tally.
The battle on the boards was even at 29 apiece with the Titans shooting just over 46 percent from the field for the game to Riverside's 44.7 percent. Fullerton was hot from beyond the arc, hitting 11-of-23 (.478) - just three trey's short of matching the school record of 14 set against Iowa State on Nov. 15, 2006 - led by Scott, who hit 5-of-7 from long distance.
Cal State Fullerton returns to the court with a pair of conference road contests next week. The Titans open on Thursday (Jan. 14) at 7 p.m. at Cal Poly before heading to Cal State Northridge on Saturday (Jan. 16) for a 5 p.m. tip from the Matadome.